Graffiti artist finds a way to paint the city

neo maditla
Feb 1, 2021

WESTRIDGE Senior Secondary School in Mitchells Plain seems an unlikely birthplace for South Africa’s graffiti movement, but in the late 1980s, that’s what it became.

The school provided the first canvases for young, frustrated graffiti artists who wanted a space in which to express themselves.Graffiti artist Falko is one of the pioneers of the art form in Cape Town, and started developing his skill while at Westridge.

He explains that although there already was graffiti being painted in areas in Lentegeur and Westridge, the school was the first place where he worked on a wall.

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